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Sanabia gets start vs. Twins

The Marlins are sending Alex Sanabia to the mound on Monday to face the Twins in Fort Myers.

The right-hander is getting the nod now that Javier Vazquez has been scratched due to mild right elbow soreness.

Over the past week, Sanabia has dealt with some minor discomfort in his right elbow. He also has been working on some things with his delivery.

Sanabia is expected to throw only one inning. Brad Hand, Dan Jennings and Clay Hensley are also scheduled to pitch.


1) Emilio Bonifacio, CF
2) Ozzie Martinez, SS
3) Greg Dobbs, 1B
4) John Buck, C
5) Matt Dominguez, 3B
6) John Baker, DH
7) Joe Thurston, 2B
8) Scott Cousins, RF
9) Chris Lubanski, LF

Joe Frisaro

Vazquez, Coghlan dealing with ailments

JUPITER, Fla. — Javier Vazquez has been scratched from pitching Monday due to mild elbow soreness, and Chris Coghlan is dealing with a sore right shoulder.

Mild injuries are piling up for the Marlins.

Vazquez was scheduled to face the Twins on Monday in Fort Myers. Alex Sanabia will make the start, and he is expected to throw one inning. To add pitching depth for the trip, Brad Hand and Dan Jennings are making the trip and will pitch. Both left-handers were recently sent down to Minor League camp.

Clay Hensley also is expected to pitch.

“He has mild elbow soreness, but he should be ok for his next start,” Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez said. “He said he wanted to make sure that he would be ready for the regular season. He will have three more starts before the season starts, so he should be fine.”

Vazquez would be lined up to pitch on Saturday against the Cardinals.

“If something is going to happen, this is a good time to deal with that,” Rodriguez said. “At this point, we just want to make sure everybody is going to be alright for Opening Day. So that’s why we’re not taking any chances.”

As for Coghlan, the center fielder is a sore right shoulder.

It’s been bothering him for a little while, and it was made public on Sunday.

“His shoulder is not 100 percent,” Rodriguez said. “That’s normal because he didn’t have the chance to get in very good shape, throwing-wise when he was rehabbing.”

Joe Frisaro

Encore Game on Fox Sports Florida

History will note that on May 29, 2010, Roy Halladay tossed the 20th perfect game ever in the Major Leagues. Halladay’s performance for the ages came at the expense of the Marlins, as the Phillies won 1-0.

What occurred the next day has pretty much been forgotten. There wasn’t anything historical, but what took place still was impressive.

The Marlins rebounded from being blanked by Halladay by posting a 1-0 win of their own.  Anibal Sanchez, who no-hit Arizona as a rookie in 2006, combined with Taylor Tankersley, Clay Hensley and Leo Nunez for the shutout. Sanchez scattered three hits, and the Phillies managed just four all afternoon. 

Marlins fans have a chance to revisit that gem at noon on Wednesday as part of Fox Sports Florida’s Encore Games package.

This May 30 game matched Sanchez against veteran Jamie Moyer, who has enjoyed years of success against Florida.

The Marlins needed six hits to win the game.

The Encore Games package is a reminder that Spring Training is swiftly approaching. Marlins pitchers and catchers begin workouts at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla., on Feb. 18. Full-squad workouts start on Feb. 22.

Joe Frisaro


Hensley, Sanchez agree to terms

The remaing two unsigned Marlins eligible for arbitration are now under contract.

Clay Hensley and Anibal Sanchez each avoided arbitration on Tuesday by reaching agreements on one-year contracts.

Hensley’s deal, according to a source, is worth $1.4 million. The right-hander can collect another $50,000 in incentives for 35 games finished.

A non-roster invite in 2010, Hensley became the team’s most versatile pitcher in 2010. He opened the season pitching in long relief before he become the primary eighth inning setup reliever. In September, he became the closer, and logged seven saves.

Hensley was 3-4 with a 2.16 ERA. In 75 innings, he struck out 77 while walking 29.

Sanchez, who turns 27 on Feb. 27, was 13-12 with a 3.55 ERA last year. The right-hander paced the team in starts (32) and innings pitched (195).

Now, Sanchez will be looking to build on his solid 2010. He was especially strong after the All-Star Break, posting a 3.44 ERA in 91 2/3 innings.

Sanchez made $1.25 million in 2010, his first year eligible for arbitration.

The Marlins have club control over Sanchez through 2012, the franchise’s first year in their new ballpark. The right-hander will be eligible for free agency in 2013, if he isn’t signed to a multiyear contract.

Hensley, meanwhile, earned $425,000 in ’10, and this is his first arbitration year.

When Spring Training opens on Feb. 18, Hensley projects to return to a setup role. However, he is a fallback option to close.

— Joe Frisaro

Winter Meetings leftovers

It’s no secret the Marlins are exploring lefty relief help. Randy Choate has been added to the mix of possibilities. Also on Florida’s radar is Joe Beimel.

In all likelihood, the team will add a veteran lefty, who projects to join Mike Dunn on the Opening Day roster.

As the lefty search continues, don’t rule out the Marlins eventually exploring the possibility of landing an experienced closer. At the Winter Meetings, which wrapped up last Thursday in Lake Buena Vista, representatives of the organization inquired about the availability of Padres All-Star Heath Bell.

After Adrian Gonzalez was traded to the Red Sox, the Marlins checked to see if San Diego has more big moves ahead. For now, it appears Bell will be staying with the Padres. But that could change over the course of the next few months, and into the season.

The Marlins are planning on giving Leo Nunez the first shot at closing when Spring Training opens. Clay Hensley is a backup option.

* Manager Edwin Rodriguez offered a preliminary batting order for upcoming Grapefruit League games in March — Chris Coghlan (CF), Omar Infante (2B), Hanley Ramirez (SS), Mike Stanton (RF), Logan Morrison (LF), Gaby Sanchez (1B), John Buck (C) and Matt Dominguez (3B).

* Recently, Rodriguez came to terms on an endorsement deal with New Balance. “Edwin is honored as the first Puerto Rican-born Major League manager to be with New Balance,” said Burton Rocks, Rodriguez’s New York-based agent.

* Here are some contract details of recently signed Marlins. Burke Badenhop will earn $750,000 in 2011 after he avoided arbitration. John Buck’s three-year, $17,943,787 million contract includes base salaries of $4.5 million in ’11, $6 million in ’12 and $6 million in ’13. There also is a $1.5 million signing bonus, and incentives of $25,000 if he makes the All-Star Game and winning the Silver Slugger Award. He has a $50,000 Gold Glove bonus. Javier Vazquez’s one-year, $7 million deal includes a $25,000 All-Star bonus and a $100,000 bonus if he wins the Cy Young Award. Buck and Vazquez also can earn bonuses if the Marlins reach the playoffs and they are named MVP of either the League Championship Series or the World Series.

— Joe Frisaro

Non-roster invitees announced

In the past the Marlins have had success with non-roster invitees emerging as key contributors. The list includes Jorge Cantu, Clay Hensley and Kiko Calero.

Perhaps they will strike big with some players in 2011.

On Tuesday, the Marlins annouced the signings of seven six-year free agents, who will be at Spring Training as non-roster invitees.

Signed are left-handers Darin Downs and Victor Garate. Right-hander Frank Mata also will be in camp.

Ruben Gotay, a switch-hitting infielder, is among the group who has big league experience. Tim Torres (infielder), outfielder-first baseman Josh Kroeger and outfielder Chris Lubanski also have signed.

Lubanski will be a candidate for a left-handed bat off the bench.

— Joe Frisaro


Hensley closing for now

Closing time will have a new look for the Marlins.

Clay Hensley, who has been the primary eighth-inning setup reliever, has been switched to closer in place of Leo Nunez.

Nunez, who is 29 of 37 in save opportunities, will now be in a setup spot. The team is hoping he can fine tune things without the pressure of logging the final outs.

In August, Nunez saved three of six games, and he had a 9.31 ERA in 9 2/3 innings. Opponents batted .391 against him in the month.

Nunez worked a scoreless eighth inning in the Marlins’ 6-1 win over the Braves on Friday night.

Because it wasn’t save opportunity, Burke Badenhop finished up the ninth inning.

Hensley has never logged a save in his big league career. But the right-hander has been steady in the bullpen. In 60 2/3 innings, his ERA is 2.67, and he has struck out 66 while walking 23.

— Joe Frisaro


Hensley reinstated, Strickland outrighted

The Marlins are welcoming back one of their most consistent relievers. Clay Hensley was reinstated off the 15-day disabled list on Friday, where he will be available against the Braves.

Hensley, the team’s primary eighth inning setup right-hander, had been out with a left neck strain. This week, he threw in rehab assignment games at Class A Jupiter.

To make room on the roster for Hensley, right-hander Scott Strickland was outrighted to Triple-A New Orleans.

— Joe Frisaro


Strickland back in big leagues

For the first time since 2005, Scott Strickland is back in the big leagues.

The 34-year-old right-hander officially had his contract selected on Friday, and he now joins a Marlins bullpen looking for consistency.

Strickland was promoted from Triple-A New Orleans, where he appeared in 14 games and was 3-0 with a 1.72 ERA.

Strickland was added to replace Clay Hensley, who was placed on the disabled list with a left neck strain.

The last time Strickland was in the big leagues was with the Astros in 2005, where he appeared in five games.

The right-hander broke in with the Montreal Expos in 1999, and he has appeared in parts of six MLB seasons.

Strickland was a non-roster invitee with the Marlins in Spring Training, and he opened the year in New Orleans.

— Joe Frisaro


Hensley reinstated, Wood optioned

The Marlins on Tuesday reinstated reliever Clay Hensley off the bereavement list, and optioned reliever Tim Wood to Triple-A New Orleans.

Hensley, 30, learned after last Friday’s loss to the Nationals that his father had passed away. The right-hander went on the bereavement list, and he returns after missing the required three days.

By rule, players on bereavement must miss a minimum of three days and a maximum of seven days. The Marlins were off on Monday, before opening a three-game set with the Giants on Tuesday.

In his last two appearances, Hensley has been on a roll. He has struck out 13 in five scoreless innings. The right-hander has thrown 12 2/3 innings this season, and he’s struck out 21, while walking five.

Wood has appeared in eight games, with his last outing on April 27 against the Padres.

— Joe Frisaro